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Sake Festival coming soon in November

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Sake Festivals at Tsunami Japanese restaurant Mosman Park We recently had our winter sake festival. Many people came. It was our most successful yet. All the new sake that we imported were showcased and the newcomers, Katsuyama, Eikoo, Miyoshikiku and Kinmon were very well received. There were many specials on the day and even the Japanese beer was popular. The Kirin Sanjuroku Tarajuku was popular. It is cask strength, the only commercially produced Japanese whisky not to be chill filtered and most importantly, we have stock of it. (Japanese whisky is getting so hard to find nowadays it’s ridiculous).  ...

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Sake, Nihonshu — the difference?

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Sake, Nihonshu — What’s the difference? Most western people understand sake as the ‘rice wine’ that you order at a Japanese restaurant (usually hot). And we, not wanting to be sake Nazis, use the term ourselves. But if you want to delve deeper into this subject (and impress your Japanese friends) then we will try to explain quickly the terms and their different meanings.   Nihonshu = what western people of as ‘sake’ but in fact it refers to alcohol made from rice in the traditional brewing way (fermentation not distilling). It is usually around 15% but can be as...

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What’s the big deal with ‘Nama’?

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What’s the big deal with ‘Nama’ Sake?   A lot has been said recently about the ‘nama craze’, how’s it so good, how’s it’s so bad. So what exactly is the story? For those who don’t know, ‘nama’ sake (or more correctly ‘nihonshu’) is sake that has not been pasteurised. There are two different stages of pasteurisation, called ‘hiire’ in Japanese but we won’t go into that right now. Needless to say that nama sake  (some would say ‘nama nama’) has not been pasteurised at any stage and has been continuously stored at around 5°C. If it is stored over...

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How long can I keep my bottle of sake?

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  We hear this question a lot. Almost as much as "I have this bottle of sake that someone gave me 3 or 4 years ago. Is it ok?" Well unfortunately it probably isn't :-( Sake has a shelf life of approximately 1, maybe 2 years. Remember, it has no preservatives. At all. It is meant to, in the majority, be drank fresh. Now there are some exemptions to this. If you look at a use by date or a production date that is in excess of 2 years don't automatically assume it is no good. There are exceptions. The...

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SuperSake Sake Festival at Tsunami

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  SuperSake Sake Festival at Tsunami Over the weekend we had a sake festival on the premises at Tsunami with over 60 different sake for tasting and sale.  It started at noon and went to 5 PM both days. Some of the standout sake that was sold was the nama (un pasteurised sake). It was one of the busiest sake festivals that we have ever had. Over the course of two days we had roughly 800 people coming in to sample sake and Japanese whiskey not to mention all kinds of plum and yuzu wine. The Gozenshu Yuzushu was popular and keenly priced  so promptly...

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